• Month: April 2016

    FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid persons with disabilities

    WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate have accessible and effective telephone access. As communications networks migrate to IP-based environments, this technology would allow Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled or deaf-blind to… Continue Reading »

    Assistive Technology Loan Program Launched in New York

    WASHINGTON: National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Spring Bank and Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS), announced the launch of an Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program in selected areas of New York. The NDI AT Loan Program will provide low-interest loans to people with disabilities, seniors and veterans through participating financial institutions. Spring Bank will… Continue Reading »

    Bus drivers get tips on helping commuters with disabilities in Singapore

    SINGAPORE: If you see a commuter with a golden retriever boarding a bus, look carefully before judging him for taking a pet on board. He may be blind and aided by a guide dog, which is allowed on public transport. Information on how to assist people with disabilities was presented to more than 400 Tower… Continue Reading »

    Children with disabilities to finally get disability certificates after a wait of 15 years in India

    NEW DELHI: After a wait of 15 years, the government has finally paved the way for giving disability certificates to children with disabilities. For the first time in India, a medical board constituted by the government would use scientifically developed tools to identify autism cases and give disability certificates. Though the government had notified autism… Continue Reading »

    National Council on Disability Commends Senate Commerce Committee for Hearings on Self-Driving Cars

    WASHINGTON, DC: The National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policy—applauds the Senate Commerce Committee for a series of hearings on self-driving vehicles on March 15 and featured a slate of industry witnesses to explore “advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated… Continue Reading »

    UC researchers join largest autism study ever in US

    Autism experts at UC Davis, UCLA and UC San Diego will be part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States – an effort to collect information and DNA from 50,000 individuals, ages 3 to 100, with the neurodevelopmental disorder. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), the study is… Continue Reading »

    Nigeria set to establish disability fund

    LAGOS: As part of the effort to achieve an all inclusive governance with a level playing field for all citizens and residents of the State,  the Lagos State Government has concluded plan to establish Disability Fund in the State. This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mrs.… Continue Reading »

    Three Airlines Fined for Inadequate Responses to Disability Complaints

    WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways for not adequately responding to complaints filed by passengers with disabilities.  Air France and Lufthansa were each fined $200,000 and British Airways was fined $150,000.  The airlines were also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. “When air travelers… Continue Reading »

    Netflix to improve features for customers who are blind

    BERKELEY, CA: In a first-of-its-kind settlement, advocates for people who are blind have reached an agreement with Netflix to make accessible the movies and videos offered through the Netflix video streaming and DVD rental subscriptions. The settlement provides that Netflix will make its video content accessible by adding a new technology called “audio description” as… Continue Reading »